We hear homeowners express quite often wanting to remove trees from their property, because they are deemed view-blocking and clutter-some, or due to the annual expense associated with maintaining them, but you may be surprised to hear that sustaining that lush greenery actually holds a few notable benefits!
Trees are not only a beautiful accent piece for any property, but they are a source of pollution filtration, aid with energy conservation and are a crucial element to a functioning ecosystem, as well as can increase the value of your property.
When to Plant or Remove?
The science behind boosting your property's value goes both ways! maintaining large and mature trees, or planting disease-resistant, or hardy trees, have been known to increase a property's value by up to 20%. Equally, keeping trees on your property that are considered an environmental health hazard, or pose a structural risk to your home, or other aspects of your property, can surely decrease the property's value. (see "Top 10 Reasons for Tree Removal")
Trees that Increase Property Value
Below are a few hardy lower-maintenance deciduous and evergreens and their native northeastern variations, that can increase your property's value. The bigger, hardier and more mature the tree the better!
The hardiness of the tree is dependent on the zone in which the species originated and how much of the environmental elements the tree can withstand. Trees within zones 3-9 are found to do the best in New Jersey which is considered a zone 7 territory.
Fir (genus Abies) Native varieties range between zones 3-4 and are Balsam, Fraser and White Fir's. Fir's are slow to moderately growing evergreen trees that average heights of 30-70 feet, but in optimal conditions can reach up to 100 feet.
Magnolia (genus Magnolia) Native varieties range between zones 3-6 and are Southern, Saucer, Star, Sunsation, Butterfly, Sweetbay, Leonard Messel and Dr. Merrill Magnolia's. Magnolia's are slow to moderately growing flowering deciduous trees that reach minimal heights of usually no more than 20 feet.
Maple (genus Acer) Native varieties range between zones 3-6 and are Threadleaf, Hedge, Paperbark, Japanese, Redleaf Norway, Crimson Sentry, Norway, Armstrong, Emerald Queen and Sugar Maple's. Maple's are slow to fast growing deciduous trees known for maturing to 10-30 feet.
Myrtle (genus Lagerstroemia) Native variety is of zone and is the Crape Myrtle. The Myrtle can be found in both deciduous and evergreen forms. Myrtle's are fast growing trees known for blossoming a long-lasting colorful array a flowers and can peak upward of 25 feet.
Oak (genus Quercus) Native varieties range between zones 3-4 and are White, Pin, Scarlet, Swamp, English and the Northern Red Oak (the New Jersey State Tree). Oak's are slow to moderately growing deciduous trees known to tower to 50-80 feet.